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Fall 2014 Externship Deadline Extended!


The deadline for Fall 2014 Externships has been extended until Sunday, April 27th at 11:59 pm!!

Make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to earn academic credit while getting great legal work experience.

Stop by the Career Services Department to get an Externship Handbook that lists all of the opportunities. Counselors can also assist you with resume and cover letter assistance, as well as, help you with other application material. All students are eligible to apply!

CSD Coffee Wednesday

Stop by the CSD table in the atrium for snacks and coffee from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm every Wednesday! Counselors will be available to answer quick questions! You can also pick up:

  • The latest CSD Handbook
  • Job Search Time Lines (2L & 3L)
  • Symplicity training manual

You will also be able to RSVP for upcoming events and make appointments with the CSD Counselors.

Although first semester 1Ls are not allowed to seek counseling from the CSD, you are welcome to come and get a coffee!

Creating Relationships and Building Rapport, “The Truth and Tips About Finding a Legal Job”

The Career Services Department, SBA and Corporate and Business Law Society

invite you to a “Lunch and Learn” featuring

William J. Flannery, J.D.

“Bill” Flannery is one of the country’s foremost legal consultants in the area of client development and relationship building.


Employers hire candidates who understands their practice and its unique challenges.

Competing on credentials alone rarely generates a job offer.


Employers seek candidates who they like and trust. 

Building rapport is key to finding the “right” job and succeeding in it!

Bill’s presentation will be conducted on April 19th from 12:00—1:30 in Room 550 . 

Lunch will be provided (not pizza). 1 hour of CPE credit has been approved for the event.

Please RSVP on Symplicity or e-mail us at

Bill’s Biography

William “Bill” Flannery is the Country’s foremost expert on law firm business development and sales and his WJF Institute in Austin, Texas has hosted partners from many of country’s most well-respected law firms.  The WJF Institute’s primary focus is client development and client relationship management, law firm marketing and marketing support programs.  The WJF Institute also trains lawyers and provides related consulting services in substantive legal skills, law firm management and leadership.  In addition to his work with the WJF Institute, Bill has been a member of the ABA’s Law School Curriculum Committee and lectured in law schools, graduate and undergraduate schools in the United States and overseas on strategic planning, technology and marketing.  Bill has published numerous articles on marketing, technology and law firm management in law journals and legal publications.  More information on Bill and the WJF Institute can be found at

50 Yard Line

Still working on those summer plans?  Getting more stressed out every time someone asks you what you are doing after graduation? Or just now thinking about your upcoming legal (or non-legal) career? If so, then this is the program for you! 

The Career Services Department is hosting the 50 Yard Line on Thursday, April 5th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. exclusively for 2L’s (spring or fall admit). This Lunch n’ Learn program will help you find answers to those questions and more. The event will be held in room 465.

The program will include:

  • Self-Assessment
  • Market Assessment
  • Developing a Career Action Plan
  • Speaker, Kathryn A. Adams, Attorney at Saalfield Shad Attorneys at Law

 Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP on Symplicity by Tuesday, April 3rd!

2012 Patent Law Interview Program

Registration ends today, March 5, 2012!

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting the 2012 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, August 2 and Friday, August 3 in Chicago, Illinois.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. 

Last year roughly 100 employers, 180 law schools, and 1,600 law students from across the country participated in the program.  The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the resumes of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program.  Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program.  You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the program website at You will see a “Register Now” link on the above web page.  At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester).  Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as Florida Coastal School of Law on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

Important Information for 1Ls!

Thank you for attending your 1L Career Services Department Orientation. This is a very busy time for you, as you approach finals. We know that you can sometimes feel overwhelmed. We just want to take a few minutes and remind you of a few key events coming up.

  • Orientation – If you have not completed the mandatory CSD Orientation, please contact Tara Block ( to schedule a make-up immediately.
  • Symplicity – Symplicity is now available for limited use by all students. Until you complete your CSD Curriculum, you can access Symplicity to edit your profile, record pro bono hours (or other legal work experience) and sign up for events. To access Symplicity, go to Log in using your complete c number e-mail address and the password you use to access your school e-mail. If you have any problems, contact Abby Lee (
  • Starting Line – The Starting Line is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm. For more information including what to wear, who will be there and what questions to ask, please visit You can RSVP for the Starting Line on Symplicity under the “events” tab.
  • Career Handbook – Make sure that you picked up a Career Handbook. We have had some reports that a few pages were left out of a few books. While we hope this is an isolated problem, please check your book and make sure that all of the pages are accounted for. If you find that your book is incomplete, please contact Tara Block (
  • CSD Curriculum – The approximate 3.5 hour CSD Curriculum is currently available on Desire2Learn ( Once you log in using your Florida Coastal username and password, click on the 1L CSD Curriculum 11-12 course. Then click on the Content tab at the top left corner to view the videos and quizzes. If you have trouble logging in contact If you have questions regarding content, please e-mail Abby Lee (
  • Appointments – Beginning next week, if you have completed the Orientation, you will be able to schedule an appointment with a counselor in our office through Symplicity. Although our office encourages you to wait to meet with us until after exams are over, you can now beginning making appointments if you would like to.  

We want to wish you Good Luck with finals! We look forward to working with each of you in the future. If you have any other questions, please contact our office at or (904) 680-7744.

Interested in Judicial Clerkships?

If you are interested in obtaining a judicial clerkship following graduation, it is imperative that you understand the intricacies of the hiring process involved. Judicial clerkships must be applied for at the very beginning of your 3rd year of law school. Thus, the planning must begin in the spring of your 2L year.

The CSD maintains a Judicial Clerkship Listserv to educate students about post-graduate judicial clerkships and their unique application process. If you would like to be added to the listserv, please email Lydia Russo at She will then email you periodically to keep you on track when it comes to preparing your post-graduate judicial clerkship applications.

If you would like to learn more about judicial clerkships, please check out some of these wonderful resources that can be found on the Document Library of Symplicity.

  • Exploring Judicial Clerkships
  • Judicial Clerkship PowerPoint
  • Map of Federal Judicial Circuits
  • 2 Judicial Clerkship Applications
  • Cover Letters to Judges
  • Obtaining Good Judicial Clerkship Recommendations

For more information or questions about Judicial Clerkships, please contact Lydia Russo at

Symplicity Now Available to ALL Students!

The Career Services Department is happy to announce that from this moment forward ALL students will have restricted access to Symplicity prior to the completion of their 1L CSD Curriculum (or as 2Ls and 3Ls that never completed the curriculum). All students will be able  to log into Symplicity at with their Florida Coastal log in information and edit their profile. They will be able to record pro bono hours and other legal work experience. Each student will also be able to sign up for events through Symplicity. Upon completion of the 1L CSD Curriculum, the student will gain additional rights such as:

  • Accessing Job Postings
  • Applying for OCIs
  • Making Appointments
  • Access to the Document Library (includes password protected sites)

If you have limited access to Symplicity and you believe that this is a mistake, please contact Abby Lee at

3L Job Search Boot Camp

 Attention 3Ls!  Did you miss the CSD’s inaugural 3L Job Search Boot Camp that we conducted earlier this month? If so, you missed out on essential job search resources and advice including: what employers look for in making hiring decisions, your market value to prospective employers, and must-have job search resources.  If you would like to see the various PowerPoint presentations that we used throughout the event, simply e-mail for the  “1st Annual 3L Job Search Boot Camp Agenda.” This document contains a link to each of the presentations we gave that day, and we hope they will assist you in focusing your career interests and job search strategies!

Networking Clubs Kick Off in November!

Do your networking skills need polishing? 

Are you confident you can use your networking skills to find job opportunities?

Over 80% of law students obtain their first post-graduate position through networking contacts.  As such, the Career Services Department recognizes how critical networking is to your success.  To foster your networking abilities, we have implemented a networking initiative targeting key markets.  This year’s program will include last year’s clubs for Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.  It will also include a fourth club for Orlando.

The program is organized into four separate Networking Clubs for each target area which will meet throughout the semester to cultivate your networking skills in the context of your specific geographic market.  You will receive invaluable guidance from Career Service Counselors, as wells as other students, as you work together to prepare a network of contacts in your target market.  These efforts will culminate with a networking trip to each city to attend an event sponsored by the Career Services Department with the local bar association.

If you are potentially interested in finding employment in Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, or Washington, D.C., you are welcome to join the Networking Clubs for those areas.  You are permitted to join multiple clubs if you are interested in several markets.  1L’s, 2L’s, 3L’s, and recent graduates are welcome to participate.

The Networking Clubs will kick off in early November.  This timing is necessary to allow 1L’s to participate since NALP rules restrict their contact with Career Services until after November 1st.  You will receive an invitation by email explaining how to join and outlining the details of our first meeting.

In the meantime, returning members may get a head-start on their networking strategies for the year by meeting with a Career Counselor.  To schedule an appointment with a Counselor, call (904) 680-7744 or submit your request online.

We look forward to working with you to maximize your networking potential!